Over twelve years since The Lion King premiered on the London stage, it is still going strong as it plays to packed audiences night after night, with children and adults both eager to see how the beloved Disney film transfers to the West End stage. Having grossed £289 million and seen by more than 8 million people in London alone, it is clear that the story of a lion cub’s struggle to the throne is one that is loved by millions. When the musical first opened in 1999 it received some of the top theatre awards in the form of Olivier’s, after having won several Tony’s across the pond, and was praised by both public and critics. What exactly did the critics have to say about the show, though? Read below to find out!

The Lion King Reviews

“Many elements of this show are extremely impressive. The soundtrack from Elton John, though a slightly odd mix of ‘traditional African’ and trademark Disney, was great. The acting was also of top notch quality – Stephen Matthews as Zazu and George Asprey as Scar particularly stood out. The costumes were innovative and surprising (though the same Disney/African mix was a little off-putting at times) the dancing, staging and puppetry were also worthy of note…” ONE IN A LONG LINE OF GOOD GIRLS… read more.


“…Don’t run away with the idea that this is a show just for kids. Whatever your age this transformation from screen cartoon to stage musical will captivate and tug at the emotions…The opening is breath-taking as the sun rises on stage and actors and creatures begin to fill the whole large Lyceum auditorium. To this is added the rich and award winning score from Elton John and Tim Rice, enhanced by yet more spine-tingling African chants and music, provided by composers including Lebo M…” PLACES & FACES read more

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Have you seen the highly-acclaimed Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre in London? Did the beating African drums resonate within you and leave you thinking it is even better than the film, or do you think that grown men in animal costumes is not your cup of tea? Add your opinions about the show in the comments box below to help fellow theatregoers who are undecided if The Lion King is for them!

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